Western Garfield County testing closing early today, January 11, at 3 pm instead of 4:30 pm

Shipping center hour changes require the site to close at 3 pm in order to send tests to Curative lab on time

Garfield County, CO – The Western Garfield County testing in Rifle will close early today, ending at 3 pm. The shipping center used by the testing site is closing early and all tests must make the cutoff to be sent to the lab.


Las pruebas del Oeste del Condado de Garfield cerrará temprano hoy, 11 de Enero a las 3 pm en lugar de las 4:30 pm

Los cambios en el horario del centro de envío requieren que el sitio cierre a las 3 pm para poder enviar las pruebas a tiempo al laboratorio de Curative

Condado de Garfield, CO – Las pruebas del Oeste del Condado de Garfield en Rifle cerrarán temprano hoy, terminando a las 3 pm. El centro de envío utilizado por el sitio de pruebas está cerrando temprano y todas las pruebas deben cumplir con el límite para ser enviadas al laboratorio.


Western Garfield Free COVID testing is available though a Curative mobile van location that will be available each week in Parachute, Rifle and New Castle as long as there is community demand. Testing is at no cost, does not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance.

While walk-ins are welcome, online pre-registration is highly encouraged. Register here:

Elk Creek Elementary School – mobile van

Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., January – March

804 W Main St., New Castle, 81647


Bea Underwood Elementary School – mobile van

Mondays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., January – March

0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, 81635


Garfield County Fairgrounds- mobile van

Mondays 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., January – March

1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 81650


Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing — an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19 with the highest possible clinical sensitivity. It is an observed and directed, self-collected test, which minimizes the in-person contact and risk of transmission for all site visitors and testing professionals. Results are returned to patients within 48 hours upon receipt at the lab.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 5 to 7 days after exposure and quarantine.

Garfield County Public Health has a list of testing sites on the COVID-19 testing page. Symptoms include:

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or bypass other public health orders, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, interact only with members of their own households, wash hands and stay home while sick.

How can I stay up to date on Garfield County COVID testing, vaccine information and data?

Garfield County Public Health is posting frequent updates in the news media, on Facebook @garfieldhealth, and on our website on the COVID & Public Health page. To navigate to the COVID & Public Health page from the main Garfield County site, click the red COVID & Public Health rectangle at the top of the page. Sign up to be notified about Garfield County COVID news at garfieldcounty.net.

Western Garfield County testing closing early today, January 11, at 3 pm instead of 4:30 pm